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Chest of drawers

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
Maker, possibly by Daniel Spencer, 1741–1796


31 35 3/4 18 3/4 in. (78.74 90.805 47.625 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); cherry (battens under the top); chestnut (bottom of top drawer and rear brackets on back feet ); pine (other drawer sides, backs, and bottoms, bottom board, back boards, blocks on feet, and backing of drawer dividers); yellow poplar (drawer supports)




Mathematical calculations, in chalk, inside one case side; "A," "B," and "C," in graphite, at center of interior of drawer back boards; "1," "2," and "3," in graphite, at interior front corners of drawer sides


Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1950. A Virginia family; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 248; Kenneth E. Tuttle Antiques, Gardiner, Maine, 2012

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
A Virginia family
Kenneth E. Tuttle Antiques


The top consists of two boards with molded edges at the sides and front and a beaded cove nailed to it below. Underneath the top are two longitudinal battens, one at the front of the case, and one at the back, which attach it to the case with screw pockets. The battens are in turn held with glue blocks and a medial brace below. The case sides each consist of two vertical boards. The case back consists of three butt-jointed horizontal boards, chamfered on the inside where they are attached to the rabbeted sides from outside with rosehead nails. The back is attached to the top at the center with a single rosehead nail and two screw pockets. The two-board case bottom is dovetailed to the case sides. The top and bottom rail and drawer dividers are cockbeaded and join the case sides by means of half-blind dovetails. There are full-depth drawer runners attached to the case sides with cut nails, and drawer stops attached to the case sides with rosehead nails. The drawer fronts are flat inside. The tops of the drawer sides are rounded at the front, flattened at the back and just shy of the tops of the drawer fronts. There are short kerf marks inside both drawer sides and fronts. The tops of the drawer backs are chamfered. Drawer bottoms are chamfered at the sides, front and back, let into grooves in the front and sides, nailed to the underside of the back, and reinforced with glueblocks at the sides. The convex shells on the upper drawer front are applied, with two screw pockets per shell visible inside. The convex blocking on the lower drawers is cut from the solid. Dovetails are large and thin-necked, with half-pins above and below. The case bottom is flush with the bottom of the base molding. The brackets behind the rear feet are simple, slanted, straight-edged boards and fit into grooves cut in the side portions of the rear feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 20, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 58, no. 5 (November 1950): 331, ill.
Albert Sack, "Israel Sack: A Record of Service 1903–1953," Israel Sack, Inc. (1953): 46–47, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 176, lot 248, ill.
"Kenneth E. Tuttle Antiques advertisement," Antiques (May–June 2012): 2, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 313n6.